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North Central College music ensembles to perform six concerts in May and June

Musical talents of North Central College students will be showcased in Wentz Concert Hall during a series of six performances in May and June.

April 22, 2011—Musical talents of North Central College students will be showcased in the stunning acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall during a series of six performances in May and June.

The concerts feature both choral and instrumental ensembles performing in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets for each event are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Works by artist Randy Simmons exhibited May 20 through June 19

North Central College hosts an exhibit of charcoal drawings by artist Randy Simmons.

March 16, 2011—“Life in Shades of Gray,” an exhibit of charcoal drawings by artist Randy Simmons, will be shown May 20 through June 19 at North Central College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The artist will greet visitors during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Simmons has had a number of solo shows throughout the country. His work explores a variety of themes.

The circus comes to the stage in “Elephant’s Graveyard”

Relive the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century circus and discover a true and tragic tale when North Central stages “Elephant’s Graveyard” May 12-15.

April 12, 2011—Relive the sights and sounds of a turn-of-the-century circus when North Central College presents “Elephant’s Graveyard,” written by playwright George Brant and directed by Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre at North Central.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra performs season finale concert May 14

Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov performs with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra May 14.
The DuPage Symphony Orchestra celebrates Russian composers Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky May 14 in Wentz Concert Hall.

April 14, 2011—The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) performs the final subscription concert of its 2010-2011 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Two students showcase their art April 6-May 9

Artwork by Patrick Tyler Buchenot (left), Melissa Massey (right)
Seniors Melissa Massey and Patrick Tyler Buchenot present their art in “Phantasm,” an exhibit featuring two-dimensional work, drawings and mixed media.

April 5, 2011—North Central College seniors Melissa J. Massey and Patrick Tyler Buchenot will showcase their artwork in a two-person exhibit titled “Phantasm,” featuring two-dimensional work, drawings and mixed media.

The free exhibit runs April 6 through May 9 at the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St., Naperville. The artists will greet visitors during an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Theatrical models by artist Peter Wexler exhibited April 15 through May 15

Les Troyens (Trojan Helmet), Metropolitan Opera, ©1973
North Central College hosts an exhibit of theater models and sketches by nationally renowned artist Peter Wexler April 15 through May 15.

Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

March 1, 2011—North Central College hosts an exhibit of theater models and sketches by nationally renowned artist Peter Wexler April 15 through May 15.

The exhibit “Theatrical Models” is free and open to the public in North Central’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The artist will greet visitors during an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Filmmaker Spike Lee to speak during Martin Luther King Week

North Central College presents filmmaker Spike Lee as the keynote speaker during its 2011 Martin Luther King Week celebration.

Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 4, 2011)—In one of the first major public events during its Sesquicentennial year, North Central College presents filmmaker Spike Lee as the keynote speaker during its 2011 Martin Luther King Week celebration.

Students star in theatrical production of Greek tragedy “Phedre”

Ali Ledbetter portrays the Greek queen Phedre.
North Central College presents a classic tale of Greek tragedy when students perform “Phedre” April 28 through May 1.

April 14, 2011—North Central College presents a classic tale of Greek tragedy when students perform “Phedre” April 28 through May 1.

French playwright Jean Baptiste Racine (1639-1699) published his best-known play in 1677 and based his work on the ancient Greek play “Hippolytus” by Euripides (484-406 BC). “Phedre” (pronounced FAY-druh) explores classic themes of forbidden love, deception, intrigue and power.

The legacy of Paul Warren Allen

The North Central College community remembers music professor, Paul Warren Allen

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2010)—Music professor Paul Warren Allen could be moved to tears by the beautiful sounds created by students in his choir at North Central College.

“I remember one Christmas he was conducting the choir singing Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The truth of the words gripped him and he had crocodile tears running down his cheeks,” recalls his daughter, Paula Billingsley.

New Music Festival features contemporary classical compositions

Brooklyn Rider
North Central celebrates contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12 and features Dal Niente and Brooklyn Rider.

March 9, 2011—North Central College will celebrate contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12.

The two-day festival will feature performances by contemporary music group Dal Niente and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. As part of the festival, acclaimed Russian composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a member of the Silk Road Project and composer-in-residence at North Central College, will coach members of various area high school ensembles.

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